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We have 12 hens in a contained run. They are about 1 1/2 years old. Before we had them contained, they would roam free during the days, I’m sure laying their eggs in the woods. About 6 weeks ago we built the permanent run. There don’t seem to be molting, but their egg production has stopped almost entirely. Some days we will get 2-4 if we are lucky. We are supplanting their food with some intentional kitchen compost, mealworms, and some bird seed. We don’t think anything is getting in the fencing to eat the eggs as we don’t see any indication of this. They also seem generally happy and healthy. Does anyone have any thoughts about why production would be so low and what we could do to improve it? I’m stumped, so any advice is appreciated. Thanks!!
 

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The days are growing shorter, and chickens need a certain amount of light in order to lay eggs. They need about 14 hours of light for the egg making function to turn "on".

You can set up a light on a timer in the morning for your chickens if you want them to keep producing. Morning is best, because you don't want them to be left completely in the dark at night or they get stuck on the floor because they can't see.
 
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